Office of Accessibility
The Office of Accessibility is a resource for students, faculty, and staff that leads the campus community in its commitment to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity that is integral to the campus community and society, to embrace access as a matter of social justice, and to design welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environments. The Office of Accessibility facilitates accommodations, training, collaboration, and innovative programming.
The Office of Accessibility works to help Champlain College design barrier-free environments to the extent possible. If some barriers to access cannot be removed in a timely manner, at which point the Office of Accessibility will work one-on-one with students to determine reasonable accommodations. This requires the student to actively engage in the interactive process with the Office of Accessibility and, when needed, with faculty.
We believe that creating and maintaining usable, equitable, and inclusive learning environments is a shared responsibility of the campus community. We work with professors to design learning environments with usability in mind which benefits all students and increases access for all. Our goal is to allow students with disabilities to access their environments as seamlessly as non-disabled students.
The Office of Accessibility will assist Champlain College to make reasonable accommodations for an otherwise qualified student or applicant for admission. The accommodations that students use are put in place to ensure equal access, not success. Students with disabilities are held to the same standard of academic achievement as all other students.